The Myths of First and Second Language Acquisition

The Myths of First and Second Language Acquisition

Myth #1: You can learn a second language the same way you learned your first language.

Human beings begin learning and processing their native language at or before birth. During the first few years of acquisition, children are being flooded with language at least 30% of their waking hours (according to the Multilingual Children’s Association). Through this comprehensible input, children learn the sounds, patterns, and meanings of their native language. The exposure and practice continue until children master the essentials around age six and beyond.

Second language learners are not usually given the same amount of time, practice or comprehensible input as children learning their native language. With only three to four hours of truly engaged contact on a weekly basis, second language learners cannot rely on intuition to develop linguistic knowledge (sounds, meanings, and grammar) of a language.

Myth #2: Children are better at learning languages than adults.

The general myth that adult learners can never become as fluent in a language as a child learning a language is based completely on the perceived value of native speaker accent. Prior to puberty, language function occurs throughout the entire brain allowing for greater change and development in phonetic production. However, at or around puberty, language function materializes to the left side of the brain, limiting the learner’s ability to create and distinguish new sounds.

Global LT Honored with an EMMA Award

Global LT, a leading provider of destination services, language training, cultural training and translation services, was honored with its third EMMA Award by The Forum for Expatriate Management for Destination Service Provider of the Year. The event was held on Oct. 4, 2013, at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. “We are so

Language Learning: A Tailored Solution that Works!

Language Learning: A Tailored Solution that Works!

Many companies invest in professional development in the workplace. They understand the value of such an investment in allowing them to secure a competitive edge in a globalized marketplace.

Communication is recognized as one key factor for success in the global marketplace. Thus, professional development should not neglect the nurture and support of all aspects of communication, both locally and across the globe. This is a primary reason why companies across the globe invest in foreign language learning for their employees.

When considering language learning options, a company will want to examine the most efficient and effective way to learn a language. Is it better to have employees go to a local school or use a service that provides a private tutor and delivers tailored lessons based on each employee’s goals, objectives and learning style?

The Next Generation Takes Full Ownership Of Global LT

TROY, Mich. (Monday, February 4, 2013 – Continuing its strategy to provide exceptional services for corporations, Lisette Poletes, CEO of Global LT, has taken over full ownership of the company as of Jan. 1, 2013. Since 2009, Hortensia Albertini, the originating owner, held 51 percent investment, while Lisette Poletes held 49 percent. Global LT, a